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Breaks In Madrid – Madrid Hotels

Posted September 14, 2010 by BookingBuddy

Madrid1 Craving a short break away from your office desk? Why not book yourself on a flight to Madrid? The Spanish capital is a bustling city, and a hotspot on many tourist itineraries. Immerse yourself in Madrid’s rich culture by visiting some of the many museums and art galleries. Head to the Golden Museum Triangle for the Museo del Prado or the Reina Sofia National Museum. Other museums of note include the National Archaeology Museum and the Museo de America. If you’d rather pick up some artefacts instead of looking at them, then the Sol-Salamanca districts might be just right. The streets here are packed with exclusive boutiques and high street chains. El Corte Ingles is the largest department store in Spain, but if you’re after a bargain, you may want to visit El Rastro, the city’s largest flea market.

 

Stay

Hotel Preciados – This hotel is on Calle Preciados, so you’re only a stone’s throw away from Madrid’s main shopping districts, and not far from most of the city’s major tourist attractions. Housed in a striking 19th century building, the hotel’s interior manages to combine old-world elegance with modern furniture and technology. Every room here has a balcony, so you’ll be able to enjoy great views over Madrid any time. Room rates start from £105.

 

See

Palacio Real – The huge Royal Palace is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. However, the Royal Family do not actually reside it in, only utilising it for official occasions such as State Ceremonies.  The Palace is open to the public on other days. You’ll be able to visit the impressive Throne Room, as well as the Imperial Bedroom and Bedchambers. The Royal Pharmacy is also worth a look for its hundreds of carefully labelled medicine drawers.

 

Eat

El Fogon de Trifon – This small restaurant with its rather unassuming exterior is a great place to try out some tasty specialties from Madrid. The city’s ‘typical’ dish is a bowl of callos a la Madrilena, a kind of spicy tripe stew. Add more spice with a plate of clams in chilli sauce, or cool down with some creamy goat’s cheese, served with slightly tart quince paste. The homemade croquettes are stuffed with savoury, rich Jamon Iberico ham, another Spanish delicacy. 

 

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